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2023-24 Back-to-school charter facts

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Across the state yesterday, many students headed back to school for the first day of the 2023-24 school year. At a number of public charter schools, students had already begun the year. In honor of the official launch of the 2023-24 school year, the Coalition yesterday distributed a press release with key back-to-school charter facts. Among them:

  • 211 public charter schools are operating in North Carolina this year. This figure includes seven new charter schools.
  • Over the past decade, there has been a 172% increase in public charter school enrollment.
  • In the 2022-23 school year, 77,000 student names were on waitlists for public charter schools. Over 137,000 students attended N.C. charter schools.

The Coalition asked schools to send in 2023-24 applicant/waitlist information in Spring 2023. Some highlights:

In the release, Lindalyn Kakadelis, the executive director of the Coalition, said:

Public charter schools are an incredibly popular choice for North Carolina families, and demand continues to grow. Charter schools are public and free to attend. Through innovative curricula like drone pilot licensing programs, manufacturing certifications, and more, public charter schools offer something different.

Read the Coalition’s back-to-school press release.

Celebrating Real-World Learning at Northeast Academy for Aerospace & Advanced Technologies

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Congratulations to Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies (NEAAAT), a Coalition member school led by CEO Andrew Harris. On Tuesday evening, the Elizabeth City charter school held its Spring Internship Expo and Business Appreciation Celebration. This event served as the culmination for the school’s internship program this semester. Twenty-eight high school juniors and seniors shared presentations about their experiences. NEAAAT’s program requires students to complete 80-hour internships in a field that they choose, deepening their capacity for real-world learning. Along the way, they also learn valuable skills to prepare them for the world of work.

The Daily Advance covered NEAAAT’s event. In addition, NEAAAT has released a new video, “The NEAAAT Way.” The video showcases the difference the school’s hands-on approach and project-based learning makes in students’ academic and career pathways.

We invite you to watch more below. Learn how one student’s high school project and passion for racing developed into a collegiate pursuit of mechanical engineering and helping to build a Formula 1 racecar–from scratch.